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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Desmonds cherish their ladies

CLUB'S STARS ARE HONOURED

The Kerry under-16 football panel with Castleisland Desmonds player, Cian O'Connor pictured (second from left in the back row) after a recent challenge match. Included are, front from left: Matthew Flaherty (Dingle), Andy Quigley (Valentia), Brian Ó...

GLITZ and glamour were the order of the night as Castleisland Desmonds Ladies' GAA Club members honoured their All-Stars at the River Island Hotel on Saturday night, November 24. There and then, the club put its spotlight on their players who have had four AllStar nominations in the past two years.

Aisling Leonard and Lorraine Scanlon were nominated in 2011 and Aoife Lyons and Cáit Lynch in 2012. Cáit, of course, had the huge honour of being named at right corner back on the All Star team of 2012 at a star studded banquet in the City West Hotel last month.

In his address, ladies club chairman, Dan Kearney said that the girls were a credit to their club and county. He also stressed that they would not have reached the heights that they had achieved without their underage coaches throughout the years. Mr. Kearney also acknowledges the role of their parents and family for the support and encouragement they provide.

Kerry U-16 Player of the Year, Jane Lynch was also honoured as was Kerry Minor Player of the Year, Sinead Guiney. Club elders feel that there is no doubt that if these two girls continue their current progress they will one day reach the All Star table as well!

There is also good news on the boys' under-age front as Cian O'Connor has been called to training with the Kerry U-16 panel. He has already played for the side in some challenge games on hallowed turf throughout the province. Cian is a son of William O'Connor and Mary O'Donoghue and breeding won't let him down in his quest for glory.

It all augers well for the Moanmore based club and its future development.

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